Giving Back to Local Veterans, UWS Hosts Running for Our Heroes 5K

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: September 29, 2018 11:23 PM

Folks in Superior showed support for local veterans by joining the 5th annual ‘Running for Our Heroes’ 5K Saturday, dedicated to honoring and giving back to those who served the country.


The event is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s(UWS) Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center(VNSC) and Douglas County Veteran Services.

About 150 signed up for the 5K, which is a record turnout for the race dedicated to helping service members.

"The veterans, they serve for us and they give their lives to us, and it gives all of the money right back. Everything here is going back to the veterans, which is nice,” Hannah Norlin, a 5K participant and UWS student, said.

“I’ve never ran a 5K before but I like the cause. My brother is a veteran so I was just thinking, why not?!,” Norlin said.

The UWS campus was flooded with community members full of energy that were running for a cause that hits close to home for many.

"We get the police auxiliary here, we get the firefighters here, we also have the National Guard here. Being able to recognize all the heroes in our life, I think that's something that's really important,” Monte Stewart, a student services coordinator for VNSC, said.

All the proceeds from the 5K will be going to the Douglas County Soldier and Sailor Relief Fund and the VNSC.

Thomas Naughton, a 5K participant, said the center was helpful when he was a student at UWS.

"It made the transition really smooth. It told you what you needed to do, help you, really took a lot of leg work out of it. Didn't really have to worry about having a lot of difficulty getting in the process,” Naughton said.

"The people working at the VNSC are fantastic, very friendly, very helpful. They helped me quite a bit with my time here so far,” Samuel Zurian, a 5K participant and current student at UWS, said.

The organizations benefiting from the 5K provide aid and guidance to veterans in the community as they transition to civilian life.

"It’s a veteran community here. I know a lot of people that go to school here and also a lot of people through the VNSC. It’s a good company around here and good people to run with,” Zurian said.

People walked, ran, and even danced in the 5K, making sure to honor and dedicate the event to their service members through posters and signs.

Despite colder than usual weather conditions, that didn’t stop people from enjoying the 5K.

"I was really happy with how many people came out here this morning, being that it was 30 something degrees. So I’m really happy with everybody that came and supported the race,” Stewart said.

Since the race started, it has raised more than $5,000.


Alejandra Palacios

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